DAVIDSON CO., N.C. -- American Red Cross officials are urging Davidson County residents to donate blood in what is being called a "national emergency."
The Lexington Dispatch reported that the Red Cross is about 50,000 donations short of where supplies should be nationwide.
"This is worse than anything we have seen in quite some time," said Kara Lusk Dudley, communications manager for the Carolinas Blood Services region, according to the Dispatch. "This is a nationwide emergency shortage. It's affecting the entire country."